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Australia’s government bans politicians from sleeping with their staff

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Sleeping with a co-worker is pretty much a no-no in all workplaces, especially so in the sensitive world of politics.

Not that Australia’s deputy prime minister stuck to the unspoken rule.

Barnaby Joyce been under significant pressure in the past week after it was revealed he had an affair with one of his staff, ultimately leading to the break-up of his 24-year marriage.

The situation has seen Joyce labelled a hypocrite, due to his advocacy of traditional marriage when the country was voting on whether same-sex couples could marry. Read more…

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New Apple store dubbed ‘Pizza Hut pagoda’ in backlash over its design

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Apple’s sleek glass and metal constructed stores are oft-admired around the world.

It’s not quite the case in Melbourne, Australia, where a proposed global flagship store in the city’s Federation Square has been the subject of controversy since it was announced in December.

The Victorian state government has been criticised for giving up a part of the city’s most culturally significant spaces with no public consultation. 

Apple said the new store will “increase the public space within Federation Square through thoughtful planning and landscaping,” but the two-storey concept is continuing to face opposition. Read more…

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Architecture

Dudes brawl on train, then unexpectedly end up hugging it out

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Well, this is unexpectedly heartwarming.

Two unnamed commuters who were traveling on a train in Sydney, Australia got into a fight for unknown reasons, in a video shot by Judita Aku-wei Winter but uploaded by Ten News on Friday.

The situation predictably got ugly, but the end result was uh, well, a hug. “If you don’t mean it, I don’t mean it,” one of the men tells his former opponent.

To be fair, it’s Australia: A place where you can get into a tiff with someone and still be friends afterwards. Read more…

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Now Margot Robbie is getting in on that fake ‘Crocodile Dundee’ movie

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While reboots have long been the rage in film, news of an alleged Crocodile Dundee sequel just seemed too good to be true. 

And look, the doubters could be rightAs per recent reports, the whole thing might just be one big Super Bowl ad for Australian tourism, and we tell you what, the newest Dundee trailer certainly aids the conspiracy.

The trailer reveals the entire star-studded cast, all Aussies in Hollywood of course: Margot Robbie, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Isla Fisher, Ruby Rose, Liam Hemsworth, Jessica Mauboy, and Luke Bracey. 

That’s on top of Danny McBride as the son of Mick Dundee, and Chris Hemsworth as a not-so-bumbling sidekick. OK, so why aren’t they actually making this into a real film again? Read more…

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Business

Uber’s biggest rival in India expands internationally

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Uber is set to meet a familiar foe Down Under.

For the first time, ride-hailing giant Ola is setting up outside of India. The company said it plans to launch in Australia in early 2018, and is currently signing up drivers in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. 

The latest Uber challenger follows in the footsteps of Estonian ride-hailing company Taxify, which launched in Sydney last December, and recently began operations in Melbourne. 

On its website, Ola said it will initially charge a 7.5 percent commission from drivers. For the time being, it’s considerably lower than Taxify’s 15 percent, and Uber, which is around 25 percent. Ola is yet to reveal its entire fare structure in Australia. Read more…

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Architecture

Dude gives very honest response to reporter about what he did on the weekend

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Let’s be honest: We’ve given different answers to what we did on the weekend, depending on the person.

You especially need to be careful to reporters while on live television, not that a man who appeared on Australia’s Today show seemed to care.

Reporter Natalia Cooper was handing out $50 notes to a commuter at a Sydney train station, and as you do, tried to initiate a bit of small talk about what he did on the weekend. 

“Punched a few cones,” the man responded.

In case if you don’t know what “punched a few cones” means, it’s another way of saying he smoked some marijuana from a bong over the weekend. Read more…

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Tennis pro Tennys Sandgren’s sudden rise prompts questions over alt-right links

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This year has been rather fruitful for the underdog at the Australian Open tennis tournament. 

One of the unexpected successes is a Tennessean with a funny name, Tennys Sandgren, whose giant-killing efforts have earned him a place at the tournament’s quarterfinal and plenty of admiration.

But as people began to jump on the Sandgren bandwagon, questions have been raised about the player’s alleged support of the so-called alt-right, a white nationalist movement, and the Pizzagate conspiracy theory.

Tweets from the player have been circulated which indicate his support for Mike Cernovich on “fake news,” a denial that America has a problem with systemic racism because it elected a black president twice, and his belief that the “collective evidence is too much to ignore” in regard to the Pizzagate emails. Read more…

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Watch a rescue drone save 2 swimmers in distress

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Architecture

Pesky crocodile steals fisherman’s catch like it’s NBD

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We get fighting for what you’ve worked for, but maybe not up against a crocodile.

A fisherman came a bit too close to the reptile while trying to reel in a barramundi at Cahills Crossing in the Northern Territory, Australia.

In a video posted on the Facebook page Bonker’s Adventure on Sunday, the crocodile can be seen chasing after the fish — still attached to the line — then wrestling it away as the fisherman retreats. 

Uh, yeah, no thanks.

“I knew it was a bit risky but the plan was to stay well away from the water, even once I got my fish,” fisherman Luke Robertson told NT News. Read more…

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Architecture

Try not to wince at the horrifying sight of this egg sack teeming with tiny spiders

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Spiders on their own are disconcerting enough. So how about a sack full of tiny little crawling spiders? 

A video of a funnel web egg being cut open to reveal hundreds of the arachnids inside was posted on the Facebook page of the Australian Reptile Park on Sunday.

The park acknowledged it’s the “stuff of nightmares” for some people in its post, but said it loves these finds.

It’s because the Australian Reptile Park is the only place in the country that milks funnel web spiders of their venom, which is used to make antivenom. Read more…

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Architecture

Even Australia’s prime minister isn’t immune from being fined

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Politics might’ve been mad as ever in 2017, so perhaps there’s something oddly normal about a country’s leader getting what is a rather boring fine.

Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was issued a A$250 ticket (US$193) on Friday for not wearing a lifejacket when he was moving his dinghy near his Sydney home earlier this week.

The fine was confirmed by the New South Wales maritime authority, who are on the lookout for boaters who are breaking the law — seemingly no matter how distinguished they may be. 

The executive director for NSW Maritime, Angus Mitchell, said it was “a timely reminder during the holiday season to always wear a lifejacket.” Photos of the prime minister sans lifejacket were published in The Australian, which noted the law that had been broken. Read more…

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Lost submarine from World War I found after 103-year search

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One of World War I’s biggest mysteries has finally been solved after a 103-year search.

On Sep. 14, 1914, Australia’s first submarine, the HMAS AE1, disappeared off the coast of Rabaul, Papua New Guinea. 

It followed a successful mission to help capture what was then known as German New Guinea, and was the first loss for what was a young Royal Australian Navy. 

35 crew members went missing without a trace.

The AE1.

The AE1.

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That’s until an expedition this week, the 13th search for the submarine, which located the AE1 on Wednesday off the coast of the Duke of York Island group, in east Papua New Guinea.  Read more…

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Dating show promotes openly sexist dude, and like, read the damn room

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If you lived under a rock during 2017 (can I come too?), it was a year in which various sexual harassers were outed for being awful.

It was a year that the conversation around harassment, power and abuse started to be taken seriously, but it seems like Australian television station Channel Nine — who had its own problems recently, missed the memo.

In a commercial for its upcoming season of Married at First Sight, it featured Dean, a man looking for a woman who will listen to him, and openly wants to be the “man in charge” in the household.  Read more…

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Behind the ambitious plan to build and race flying cars

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Since Back to the Future, you’re far from alone if you’ve wondered where the heck your flying car is already.

Sure, we’ve seen pitches by the likes of Kitty Hawk, which is backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, and Slovakian startup AeroMobil — but the reality of a flying car still seems a way off.

An Australian startup called Alauda has an ambition to fast-track that reality with its electric, low-altitude aircraft, the Airspeeder Mark I. 

Alauda is founded by Matt Pearson, who also cofounded space startup Fleet. Over the past two years, Pearson has been working on the project as part of a team of five in a Sydney warehouse. Read more…

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Spy agency launches interactive online test to see if you’re cut out for the job

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Recruiting spies is seldom a public exercise, but Australia’s intelligence agency is doing something different.

The Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS), equivalent to the CIA and Britain’s MI6, has launched an online interactive test to discover people who are cut out for the job. 

Through a series of visual and aural exercises, the test seeks to identify suitable applicants that have the perception and empathy to work in the service. 

You’ll be required to pick out a missing number from a sequence, pick out faces in a crowd, and try and decipher information while three people are talking at the same time.  Read more…

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